PhD position on the fate of tire-derived contaminants in agricultural environments

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University of Vienna
Job Description

The Environmental Geosciences division (EDGE) is part of the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS) at the University of Vienna (Austria). We are a highly motivated and international group of researchers investigating pressing questions on environmental systems in a changing world, with research topics ranging from emerging contaminants to climate change. The Ph.D. candidate in this project will be working at the interface of tire and road wear particles, environmental pollutants, and analytical chemistry. This project offers the opportunity for close collaboration with the Environmental Chemistry Group of Prof. Benny Chefetz at the Department of Soil and Water Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

We are inviting applications for a Ph.D. position and offer:

• Supervision, mentoring, career development, and support from internationally recognized senior researchers (Prof. Thilo Hofmann and Dr. Thorsten Hüffer); a dynamic, stimulating, and international working environment (working language is English) with excellent laboratory facilities
• Fully funded in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, competitive salary including full social security coverage (approx. € 32,000 gross)
• Opportunities for international collaboration and fieldwork, with optional stays for plant uptake experiments close to Tel Aviv, Israel
• Vienna is a vibrant city with a high quality of life, excellent public services, and affordable living, and ranked among the top cities in the world for many years.

Topic: Soil is one of the major receptors of tire wear particles (TWP), where they can release ecotoxicological relevant substances. Various processes including biotic and abiotic aging, aggregation, or fragmentation influence the properties of TWPs and affect the leaching behavior. The fate of TWP and tire-derived contaminants in agricultural environments remains poorly understood and closing this knowledge gap is a key aim of this project. We are looking for a highly enthusiastic Ph.D. student (m/f/x) with an interest in elucidating the fate of tire-derived contaminants in terrestrial systems.


• Master in Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Sciences (or related sciences).
• Lab experience, good knowledge of analytical chemistry
• Experience with instruments for organic trace analysis (i.e. LC-MS/MS or GC-MS/MS)
• Fluent in spoken and written English
• Excellent written and oral communication, as well as social skills
• Motivated, independent and reliable

How to apply: Please send a single pdf file including a letter of motivation, a CV with University grades, the contact details of two referees, a research vision (one-page max), and, if available, copies of research papers or the Master thesis. Applications will be considered until the position has been filled. Please visit our webpage for how to write a strong application.

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